Associate Degree Nursing Program

Nursing is an exciting career and one marked with many challenges. A registered nurse (RN) provides care, treatment, counseling, and health education to ill or injured people. They also provide education to promote health and prevent injury and illness. Nurses monitor the condition of patients, administer medications prescribed by physicians to patients, and communicate with physicians and other members of the health care team to care for patients. Nurses also direct and supervise other nursing support personnel.

The program is four semesters and one summer session in length. Enrollment is limited to a total of 70 – including both first and second year students. It provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to administer nursing care to patients in a variety of settings. Courses include content related to the nurse’s role as a provider of nursing care, as a manager of care, as a member of the discipline of nursing, and as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Graduates who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX – RN.

Program Information

  • Intro to Health Concepts
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Psychology
  • Health-Illness Concepts
  • Holistic Health Concepts
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Family Health Concepts
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Complex Health Concepts
Graduates of the WCC Associate Degree Nursing Program will:

  • Prioritize nursing care for individuals across the life span considering the concepts of needs assessment, and physiologic integrity.
  • Provide patient-centered, holistic nursing care to individuals and groups with common complex alterations in health, based on evidence based practice and the nursing process.
  • Communicate effectively with other members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, as well as with individuals/families through the use of written expression, verbal and non-verbal expression.
  • Actively participate in quality improvement initiatives in directing nursing care for individuals and groups with common complex alterations in health.
  • Collaboratively participate as a member of the healthcare team, upholding legal, ethical, and professional standards of nursing practice.
  • Utilize principles of critical thinking including pursuing best information, examining underlying assumptions, engaging in inquiry and analyzing different points of view when exercising nursing judgment.

Contact Information

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Callie McCraw
Health Sciences Admissions Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6459
cnmccraw850@wilkescc.edu
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Emily Orr
Director of Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6573
edorr738@wilkescc.edu

Admission Information

The Associate Degree Nursing - curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to clients and groups of clients throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings. Courses will include content related to the nurse's role as provider of nursing care, as manager of care, as member of the discipline of nursing, and as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Graduate of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) which is required to practice as a Registered Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician offices, industry, and community agencies.

For questions concerning the admission procedures, please contact Callie McCraw, Health Sciences Admissions Advisor, 336-838-6459. For questions concerning the nursing program, please contact the Emily Orr, Director of Nursing at 336-838-6573.

RIBN Hickory Collaborative

The Hickory RIBN is a four year nursing option that will dually admit and enroll students at both Lenoir-Rhyne University and Wilkes Community College. This program will provide a seamless associate to baccalaureate nursing education for top academic students. The first three years of study will be at Wilkes Community College campus along with one course per semester at Lenoir-Rhyne. Upon successful completion of the first three years, students will take their fourth year at Lenoir-Rhyne. Admission to the program will be competitive and students will be chosen on the basis of specific academic requirements. RIBN is not a fast-track to earn a BSN.

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